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Wet weather a bummer for Little League

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This spring season has been bleak, to say the least. A season normally known for baseball and softball has seen only about half the Ennis Little League games it normally does to this point, and a field with newly laid grass has yet to be used, causing some players and parents to wonder: “When are […]

Ennis Comprehensive Plan meeting tonight

Photo by Justin Tubbs / Main Street Coordinator Becky McCarty (left, in gray) shares her thoughts with Ennis Comprehensive Plan project manager Francois de Kock (back, in white) and the rest of the people in attendance at the three-hour visioning session Wednesday at Comfort Suites.

The city’s Comprehensive Plan Action Committee will meet with Halff Associates Inc. Thursday at 6 p.m. for the unveiling of thoughts behind the comprehensive plan. In January, Halff led a three-day public visioning session, which included input from the public, as well as stakeholders and city committees. The aim was for Halff to take that […]

Superheroes invade Ennis Library

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The super hero party to kick off the library’s summer reading program was a huge success Saturday, May 16. Spiderman, Batman and even the Hulk listened attentively as Ms. “Super Aimee” talked about what a great super power it is to be a reader. All were entertained with songs, balloon animals, and goody bags to […]

Polka fest covered in culture, rain

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The 49th National Polka Festival has come gone, leaving the city covered in both rain and culture for another year. Despite a deluge on Saturday afternoon that put a premature end to outdoor activities, canceling them on Sunday for the first time ever, the annual event was considered a big hit by those who should know. See the report in […]

City moving forward after elections


Monday night was a big one for the city of Ennis and for its elected officials, as those re-elected in this month’s city election were sworn in at the City Commission Chamber in front of their peers and some people from the general public. After the swearing-in, the commission got to work, canvassing the election, […]

When 99=100 in an Election…

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The election for the City Commission position between candidate Marco Hernandez and incumbent Carolyn Frazier was announced as a 50-vote-to-50-vote tie on Saturday. However, after looking at the voter roster for Ward 2, Hernandez discovered something was a little bit off. “When I counted the names on the voter roster, I only counted 99 votes,” […]

Moncrief cancer mobile survivorship clinic comes to Ennis

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Check out what just rolled into Ennis. With a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Ennis Regional Medical Center on Tuesday with members of the Chamber of Commerce present, the hometown hospital and a group of Ennis locals welcomed Moncrief Cancer Institute’s new Mobile Survivorship Clinic to town. The cancer institute, based in Fort Worth, recently started […]

EDC approves preservation grants

EDN file photo / The hard-hit building at 213 W. Ennis Ave. remains in limbo.

The Ennis Economic Development Corporation met Tuesday and took action on two historic preservation grants for downtown Ennis. Routine items, the votes for passing the grants were unanimous 4-0 votes from the EDC’s Board of Directors. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the […]

EDC meeting Tuesday at 4 p.m.

City of Ennis

The Ennis Economic Development Commission meets today at 4 p.m. at the City Commission Chamber. The agenda includes a Main Street update; Farmers Market; historic preservation grant for 213 W. Ennis Ave. (Livery) for $82,512.86; historic preservation grant for 208 W. Knox (Culpepper) for $2,958.42; downtown TIRZ; downtown master plan; industrial, commercial and retail development; […]

Commission holding special budget workshop Wednesday


For the past two city commission meetings, city staff has recommended changes to the current fiscal year budget for things such as a new vehicle for the city’s buildings inspection department, a Fourth of July fireworks show, and other unplanned expenditures for the year, the city’s sanitation fund, as well as the restructuring of the […]

Election Day is Saturday, May 9


Months of preparation and campaigning come to a close on Saturday when voters head to the polls to decide who will serve in seven races, though three candidates are running unopposed. Early voting turnout indicates a much greater interest in this year’s election, with more than 900 taking advantage of the flexible dates to place their votes. […]

Citizens files complaint about candidate with ethics commission

City of Ennis

A complaint was filed against city marshal candidate Isidro “Sid” Lopez with the Texas Ethics Commission on Thursday. The sworn complaint, signed and filed by Jared Rudd, a Palmer resident, alleges that Lopez accepted illegal campaign contributions from corporations and spent them on campaign materials including signs and banners. The complaint also alleges Lopez made […]

Main Street seeks variance on alcohol downtown

EDN file photo / The hard-hit building at 213 W. Ennis Ave. remains in limbo.

Downtown is a place that should have businesses that can sell and serve alcohol. At least, that’s what the Main Street Board in Ennis thinks. On Wednesday night at a regularly scheduled board meeting at the Chamber of Commerce, the Main Street Board unanimously voted to seek out an amendment to the city’s code of […]

City OK’s CCPD budget


Most of Monday’s City Commission meeting at City Hall included discussion about the city’s budget and possibly amending it to include a $400,000 increase, but with all the discussion, there was no action taken on that item. There were, however, other items rom the budget passed, including the Crime Control and Prevention District budget for […]

Sunset Market in Ennis Saturday

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The newest twist on the Ennis Farmers Market, the Second Saturday Sunset Market, is on tap for this Saturday evening, 5-9 p.m. May 9. Headlining the downtown event will be a concert at 6:30 p.m.by Jesse Jennings, a country artist from Fort Worth. He follows last month’s well-received Pontiax rock group. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here […]

Pet Parade premiers at Ennis library

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The Ennis Public Library hosted its first-ever Pet Parade on Saturday. According to Jessica Diaz, the library director, close to 60 people attended to walk their pets or watch as pets made the block on leashes. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest […]

Superheroes theme for Ennis Library summer reading program

EDN photo by Phil Banker / Local artist Elsa Parks works on a quick sketch for the kids of the Ennis Public Library's Summer Reading Program on Tuesday afternoon. The Summer Reading Program is held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursdays. All local children and their families are invited to attend.

The Ennis Public Library is a great place for families to spend time together, learn, and be inspired this summer thanks to the 2015 National Summer Reading Programs “Every Hero Has a Story!” and “Unmask.” Reading programs are a free, efficient, fun way to incorporate reading and related activities into summer family time. Having access […]

Ennis Commission holds off on amendment


Two weeks after city staff asked the City Commission for a roughly $420,000 budget amendment for the current fiscal year, commissioners still couldn’t reach a decision Monday evening, putting the city’s downtown master plan and funding for the scheduled Fourth of July fireworks show on hold. Part of the reason some of the commissioners chose […]

Care Flight team introduced at Lions

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During Wednesday’s program at the Lions Club, Chief Executive Officer James Swartz introduced the luncheon audience to local representatives and staffers from Care Flight, who recently began providing emergency services to Ennis. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Facade improvement program started in Ennis

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Add another reason to the list as to why so many building owners are fixing up downtown Ennis. At last Monday’s City Commission meeting, the city approved a façade improvement program for historic downtown. Basically, if you’re a building owner downtown and you want to improve the exterior of your building, the city will pay […]

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